1985, sophisticated "situational awareness" and "pursuit driver
training" has been taught to all officers on the Toronto Police
Service. Police Vehicle Operations is responsible for basic and
advanced training on scout cars, motorcycle's, A.T.V.'s, prisoner
transportation vehicles, mobile community stations and bicycles.
In addition, the instructors at P.V.O. assist field trainers in
the delivery and training of specialized vehicles such as the Mounted
Unit's four-horse trailer and truck combination.
PVO also works
with Fleet Management in testing and evaluating potential new
vehicles for our Service. Unit reps have attended manufacturer's
demonstrations and tests of "police package equipped" production
vehicles all across North America to ensure that the vehicles
we purchase meet our specific needs.
offices for Police Vehicle Operations are located within the Jane
Street Garage compound. There, members receive refresher classroom
courses on the theory of vehicle operation, and moving-vehicle
dynamics. Included are lectures on safe driving practices such
as defensive driving, collision avoidance, the "four functions
of police driving" and the "the strategy for manoeuvring a vehicle
safely". When all of this information has been digested, the officers
proceed to our track facilities where they put into practice what
they have learned. The required driving modalities are conducted
on an abandoned aircraft runway, that was converted to an enclosed
track in the mid 1980's.
of the PVO driving courses often remark that they are among the
most valuable courses offered by our Service. The lessons and
skills acquired here make better drivers on and off the job. Seven
hundred and sixty-seven students received some form of advanced
driver training through Police Vehicle Operations in 1999.